Everybody has their own opinion of what a hero is. A hero is someone who does what they believe is right, no matter what anybody has to say. They stand their ground and don’t fall into negativity. A hero is someone who is selfless and inspires us to be a better version of our own selves. One of the best examples of a hero is Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father in the 1930s in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Many may believe a different character in the novel is worthy enough of being called a leader but since the beginning of the book Atticus has greatly demonstrated the strong and bold qualities of a hero. To begin with, from the start of the novel multiple characters gave not just Atticus but his children too a hard time for defending Tom …show more content…
He never lies to his children and wanted them to grow up seeing the world as it really is to be prepared for the future. One of the many lessons he taught his children was the real meaning of courage. One of the examples he gave for the meaning of courage was Ms. Dubose’s actions towards her terminal sickness and overcoming her addiction. In chapter eleven Atticus explains to Jem, “‘I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee 149). When Atticus says this it’s realized that Ms. Dubose wasn’t the only courageous person in the novel beating her painkiller addiction before dying but Atticus was courageous too knowing he wasn’t going to win the trial but doing it anyway no matter what came his way. A mockingbird represents a lot in this novel. For one it represented Tom Robinson. When his children receive guns Atticus strictly says not to kill mockingbirds. They are birds who are innocent of everything but making music for the ear. The biggest lesson Atticus taught his children was to never judge a person until you see things from their point of view. You never know what someone is going through because you are not them. In chapter three Atticus says to Scout, “you never really understand …show more content…
The people of Maycomb may have never been the fairest to him, but he would always be kind in return and rose above the negativity. Mrs. Dubose was an old woman who would criticize Atticus and his children any chance she got. But Atticus always warned the kids to not talk back, just let her say what she needs to and walk away. He said she was an old woman going through a lot of pain and is one of the bravest people he knows. Strangely enough, Atticus was also able to see the good in Mayella Ewell, and it tore him apart having to destroy her testimony on the stand. In chapter eighteen Scout says, “Atticus hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so. He sat with his head down..”(Lee 252). When Atticus had to defend Tom he also had to show the jury that Mayella was speaking lies which made him upset to do so. He knew Mayella was a victim in the situation too and did not want to hurt her more than Bob Ewell already did. Bob Ewell was a man full of evil and hatred. He threatens Atticus and harrasses Tom Robinson’s widow but he tells his kids not to fear him. He does not want his kids to live in fear of a man who is all talk no do. Atticus rises above Bob Ewell in many
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During tense times and when insulted and mistreated, Atticus keeps his cool, stays out of fights, and leads a pleasant life. For instance, after the trial when Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, spits in his face, Atticus “[doesn’t] bat an eye, just [takes] out his handkerchief and [wipes] his face and [stands] there and [lets] Mr. Ewell call him names…” (217). Even though Mr.
After the so-called “rape”, Bob Ewell neglected to call a doctor, which leads you to infer that Tom Robinson did not hurt Mayella Ewell, but her father did. Mayella had a bruise on her right eye which implies that someone that is left handed had hit her. Atticus asked Bob Ewell to write his name to see which hand he wrote with and he used his left hand, which leads you to believe Mayella gets abused by her father. That is another reason to feel compassionate towards Mayella. Mayella had not been treated like a lady before, up until
Atticus embraced this state of mind when he encountered Mr. Ewell, instead of retaliating and making things worse he let Bob get it off his chest. This also took a lot of courage because
“You may choose to look away, but you may never say that you did not know” (William Wilberforce). In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch juggles being a single father to his two children and practicing law in his small town. When Atticus defends a young black man who is being accused rape, the town of Macomb becomes polarized on the case and the trial reveals many truths about the people of the Maycomb. Atticus Finch works passionately to fight for the minority, which amplifies the importance of justice.
and it's an unpopular move in the community, he still defended Tom Robinson. Also Atticus said the quote, “So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating that’s something I’ll gladly take.” (222). Bob Ewell spitted in Atticus’ face but instead of lashing back he took the high road. This is important because he stood up for what he believed was right which was his moral integrity.
Atticus stands up for what he believes in in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, even if his opinion is generally disagreed with; which is reflected greatly in his children as they learn to become part of society. He stands up for what he believes in by defending Tom Robinson even when the odds are stacked against him, and making Jem read to Mrs. Dubose even if she says awful things about him. These actions define Atticus’s character and shape his children into becoming the people they are. Atticus stands up for what he believes in by defending Tom Robinson and making Jem read to Mrs. Dubose; which influences his children become better people.
Atticus indicates he is courteous through two major incidents. The first incidents occurs when Atticus walks home from work pass Ms. Dubose, a mean, old lady who hurls insults about Atticus at Scout and Jem. When Atticus walks past Ms. Dubose, he would sweep of his head and compliment her appearance and her camellias. Sometimes he would also discuss the courtroom news. When Jem mentions
Atticus receives a threat and gets spit on by Bob Ewell and he does not do anything back to Bob. A while after this incident Atticus tells his children that he took the insult from Bob Ewell to potentially save Mayella a beating from her father Bob Ewell. Since Atticus reveals Bob Ewell's behavior toward Mayella in the court. Atticus feels sympathy towards Mayella and tries to avoid another incident where her father is beating her up. This proves that empathy is one of the characteristics of Atticus.
Nevertheless, her strong personality and pride also motivates her a step forward to success. Even if there were predetermined outcomes such as death, Mrs Dubose still persevered towards painfulness or the resistance toward painkillers. The predetermined result is soon revealed, Atticus educates the children about “what real courage is” and in times “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin away.” This, elucidates the fixed result cannot be changed by people but the courage of giving a shot is the key. Mrs Dubose type of courage is not physical courage but instead mentally supported determination of quitting morphine.
Miss Maudie Atkinson, the Finch's neighbor, disagreed with the common beliefs of the citizens of Maycomb. She quickly became angered when other citizens discussed their prejudiced beliefs. When other women were talking negatively about African Americans, "Two tight lines had appeared at the corners of [Miss Maudie's] mouth" (Lee 312). Mrs. Dubose, an elderly woman who lived down the street from the Finches, was addicted to morphine.
He is not only doing it for Tom Robinson, he is doing it for himself as well. Secondly, Atticus stands up for what is right because the moment he is asked to take Tom Robinson’s case he doesn’t think twice. He knew that someone who is innocent should not have to go to trial for something they did not do. He thinks racism should have an end. By taking this case he not only opens the eyes for his children, he opens the eyes of his peers and community members.
Atticus, throughout the unfolded story of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” shows how a person simply walks in the footsteps of Christ, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (New International Version, 1st Corinthians
Morally, he believes that it would be wrong to fire Calpurnia and rid her of a job. Bob Ewell is an example of someone who isn't respectful. When Bob Ewell had met Atticus at the Post Office, he had just spat at him. Instead, he could have remained civil with Atticus, because he was just doing his job. Unlike, Mr. Ewell, Atticus remains civil in this situation.
Atticus is one of many characters in To Kill a MockingBird that shows courage throughout the whole story, such when he defends Tom Robinson in a court case.. Atticus knows Tom is innocent and wants to defend him, since no one else wants to. Like he said to his son Jem “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you